There are different ways of invoking the essence of Mother Goddess- Shri Lakshmi Devi, who is the consort of Lord Vishnu. Sri Suktha Homam is one of the special ways to follow. The devotee or the priest recites special hymns and conducts ahutis or sacrifice in the fire, to invoke the blessing of the Mother Goddess. The main objective of this particular Homam is to arouse Goddess Lakshmi’s power. The Sri Sukta sloka is to be found in the Vedas. As said before, the verses celebrate the essence of the Mother Goddess Lakshmi Devi, who is the harbinger of peace, prosperity, fertility and wealth. The special verses refer to the Mother Goddess as the Sri Shukta. As per the Vedas, there are five different Sukthas, and Shri Suktha is one amongst the five Sukthas.
The word ‘Sri’ has a contextual significance; in the sense it personifies and relates to the auspiciousness of the Goddess. Lakshmi Devi, as the better half of the Lord Vishnu also epitomizes the power and splendor of the Lord. The word Sri also personifies the regal qualities of Lakshmi Devi. If Narayan is the being, Lakshmi Devi embodies becoming. Sri Shukta embodies being as well as becoming. Hence, when a devotee conducts the Homam, he pays homage to the very essence of the creation. Fridays are most appropriate for conducting the Shri Shukta Homam.